Root Problem for Obama, Hillary Clinton and Most Liberals is Vanity

Vanity:  “…is where we put the esteem of others first. Like the other root sins, vanity springs from insecurity. We place our security in what others think of us… “What will they think of me?” is a perennial concern of the vain person.”1

Politically correct speech is where the evidence is found:

  • The most recent example of the Left’s vanity is when they level the charge of xenophobia (fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign2) as a result of the Brexit vote.  Part of the support for leaving the EU came from a revolt against the ruling class in Brussels which opened the EU borders without reasonable care for security against terrorists.  The liberal philosophy ignores a central fact that nations have a right to protect their borders as long as it’s done humanely.3

Of course, we also hear this accusation of xenophobia when a Republican speaks of not allowing large numbers of Arabs or Mexicans/Central Americans into our country because the FBI has warned that there is no safe way to verify our safety.

  • A related charge of Democrats is Islamophobia.   Those using this term are afraid that any limiting of Muslim immigration will incite jihadists to more acts of terrorism, so they want to stay on their good side as much as possible; hence another example vanity. (This also displays an ignorance of key tenets of the Qur’an which, for 1400+ years, has instructed Muslims to convert those of other faiths, charge the “jizya” tax as a sign of submission to Islam or kill them if they do not comply.4)They are also disregarding the jihadists’ admission that they will use the large scale immigration of Arabs to assist the infiltration of fellow terrorists.  Just yesterday in a FoxNews interview, UK Independent Party leader, Nigel Farage, noted that a terrorist plot was foiled in Dusseldorf recently.  Of special significance was that all four of the guilty had entered as immigrants.

A most egregious example of Democratic submitting to vanity in the face of Islam was in the newly released House of Representatives report on the Benghazi killings.  It revealed that much of the delay which doomed our men came from a debate among Administration leaders regarding whether our military should wear their military uniforms when going to help our endangered citizens.  The overriding worry was not the safety of our people, but would the presence of these uniforms upset the Libyans into thinking we were invading them.

In addition, the President and Hillary Clinton lied repeatedly that the attack was inspired by a viral video when the report showed they already knew in advance that something was imminent based on intercepted terrorist communications.

Why is this another example of vanity?  The date of the attack was just 56 days before the hotly contested Obama/Romney election was to take place and an admission of their obvious failings would have been detrimental at the polls.

  • Finally, there’s the well-known claim that “homophobia” (which in its true definition rarely exists5) is what  makes citizens protective of their religious beliefs when it involves the LGBT community.  This charge is levied when an individual does not wish to be complicit with actions which condone disordered behavior against genuinely held religious beliefs (now arbitrarily legitimized by the Supreme Court).  This vanity of liberals does not arise from fear of retributions like the issues with Islam, but merely a desire to be liked by as many as possible (even if it goes against Natural Law) with the side benefit of ensuring more votes at the polls.

Former presidential candidates Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina warned our nation of the dangers of political correctness during the primary process.  “PC” emanates from vanity and we are less as a nation because we continue to ignore them.

 

 

1 – “How Can I Overcome the Root Sin of Vanity?, http://www.spiritualdirection.com/2011/01/06/how-can-i-overcome-the-root-sin-of-vanity, 1/6/2011.

2 – “http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xenophobia

3 – ”A country has the right to regulate its borders and to control immigration.

The overriding principle of all Catholic social teaching is that individuals must make economic, political, and social decisions not out of shortsighted self-interest, but with regard for the common good. That means that a moral person cannot consider only what is good for his or her own self and family, but must act with the good of all people as his or her guiding principle.

While individuals have the right to move in search of a safe and humane life, no country is bound to accept all those who wish to resettle there (emphasis added)…” , http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/immigration/catholic-teaching-on-immigration-and-the-movement-of-peoples.cfm

4 – “Muhammad clearly established that people of other religions have to pay a poll tax to Muslims called the jizya, as a reminder of their inferior status. This abrogates an earlier verse stating that there is ‘no compulsion in religion’ and it destroys any pretense that Islam is merely a religion and not a political system.”

Quran (9:29) – “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”

Muslim (19:4294) – There are many places in the hadith where Muhammad tells his followers to demand the jizya of non-believers. Here he lays down the rule that it is to be extorted by force:“If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them”  http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/pages/quran/jizya.aspx

5 – “Homophobia” is Contrived, so where is “Adulterophobia?” , https://cartaremi.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/homophobia-is-contrived-so-where-is-adulterophobia/, 5/19/2015.

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Supreme Court’s Logical Decision to Uphold Women’s “Right” to Murder in Texas

In a 5-3 decision released today, the Supreme Court ruled against a Texas law which had two provisions governing abortions in that state.  As much as those of us in the pro-life crowd are understandably disappointed, the ruling makes sense in our self-centered society.

The easy part of the law first.  It required the physician to have hospital admitting rights within thirty miles of his death office.  Texas is a big state with a lot of rural territory.  It’s especially difficult in the western half of the state to be within thirty miles of a hospital.  It would put a very real burden on those wishing to kill an unborn child.  This provision is more appropriate in densely populated areas like New Jersey, Connecticut, Chicago and southern California.

The other section of the Texas law requires abortion “clinics” to be held to the same standards as surgical centers are.  How ridiculous!  These are locations where it’s guaranteed that at least 50% of those entering will die.  Mandating that these places of death have antiseptic  conditions would be like forcing gang members to use only sterile knives and bullets.

Murdering the unborn is nasty business.  Nothing can be done to make it civilized.

British Take Giant Leap Forward with Brexit!

Brexit vote

FoxNews 2:26 AM today

Yesterday’s historic decision by the British to leave the European Union brings hope to those who oppose the ever encroaching arm of mega-government.

It was a courageous action in the face of warnings from Prime Minister David Cameron that such a move would endanger their economy and their ability to defeat ISIS (as if the EU was doing a good job in these areas!).  It was also a satisfying snub of our President’s attempts to intimidate them into following the liberal agenda of increasing big government’s oppression over personal freedoms.1

Big governments aren’t the answer to big problems, they are often the source of the problems.2,3  Many hope that this vote to leave will encourage other EU nations, who are tired of the elite ruling class in Brussels calling the shots, to do the same.

It’s time that various peoples get their countries back!…. Does this sound familiar?  🙂  

 

1 – Obama infuriates the Brits as he threatens to send UK ‘to the back of the queue’ if they vote to leave the European Union,” by Francesca Chambers, Euan McClelland and Matt Dathan, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3553788/Obama-flies-Brexit-storm-President-faces-furious-backlash-downright-hypocritical-decision-tell-British-voters-stay-EU.html, 4/22/2016.

2 – “Reagan’s First Inaugural: ‘Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem,” http://www.heritage.org/initiatives/first-principles/primary-sources/reagans-first-inaugural-government-is-not-the-solution-to-our-problem-government-is-the-problem

3 – “Socialization also presents dangers.  Excessive intervention by the state can threaten personal freedom and initiative.  The teaching of the Church has elaborated the principle of subsidiarity, according to which ‘a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to co-ordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good.’” Paragraph 1883 from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, second addition, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2000.

Speaking of “common good” – “The common good consists of three essential elements: respect for and promotion of the fundamental rights of the person; prosperity, or the development of the spiritual and temporal goods of society; the peace and security of the group and of its members.”  Paragraph 1925, Ibid.

 

The “Brexit” Choice: Short Term Pain for Long Term Stability?

 

British voters will go to the polls on Thursday for an issue possibly more important than choosing a prime minister as it will impact future prime ministers.

The issue:   to stay in the European Union or leave it.

The fear mongers against leaving will be convincing only if concerns for the immediate rule the day.  Yes, if Britain leaves, it must renegotiate trade deals with the countries it is separating from.  These new agreements could very well be less advantageous.  Also true, there may be some pullout of investment from current fellow EU comrades.

HOWEVER, the foolishness of the EU’s common currency (the “euro” which the UK would eventually need to adopt), is a far greater negative.  The euro joins many countries of varying levels of fiscal responsibility.  Several countries using the euro seem to believe that they can have their cake and eat it too.  As of last summer, six EU countries had debts greater than their GDP!  While the UK’s was ninth highest in the EU, hanging around with these rising debt nations only consoles them if they accept “misery loves company.”1  A few years ago, Germany was actually criticized for responsible managing of its trade balance.2  In addition, as of late last year, just eight EU nations had average working hours exceeding ours in the U.S. while fifteen worked fewer hours per week.3  Despite working less, several of those nations have well-known expectations of benefits which aggravate economic struggles.4

Britain has a chance to separate itself from an unsteady large ship known as the EU.

The choice is theirs.  They can stay with a modern day economic Titanic with its mesmerizing marketing glitter — and its fatal flaws.  Or, they can choose to guide their own smaller, less “cool” ship where rational decision-making is an everyday necessity.

If they choose this, they will be more likely to succeed because they will have their head on the wheel instead of partying on deck, blissfully ignoring of impending dangers.

If they stay, they will inevitably be dragged down with the rest of the EU because its reach is clearly beyond its wisdom… Besides, “President Obama sparked fury by pressuring UK to stay in the EU and telling its citizens their nation’s stranding (sic) would be diminished if it leaves… London Mayor Boris Johnson accused him of making an ‘incoherent’ and ‘inconsistent’ argument because the U.S. would never give up sovereignty.”5  Obama’s near-command for Britain to stay is a solid argument for them to leave the EU!

1 – “European debt crisis: It’s not just Greece that’s drowning in debt,” by Ashley Kirk, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/11705720/European-debt-crisis-Its-not-just-Greece-thats-drowning-in-debt.html, 6/29/2015.

2 – “A Common Currency (Euro) is Europe’s Real Problem, Not Germany’s Trade Surplus,” https://cartaremi.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/a-common-currency-euro-is-europes-real-problem-not-germanys-trade-surplus/, 3/12/2013.

3 – “Americans Work Hard, Nut People in These 15 Countries Work Longer Hours,” by Benjamin Snyder and Stacy Jones, http://fortune.com/2015/11/11/chart-work-week-oecd/, 11/11/2015.

4 – “France’s unemployment benefits are among the most generous in Europe, payable even for net salaries of €6,959 (£5,021) per month. That may seem to favour high earners in a country where the average monthly net salary is just over €2,000, however a spokeswoman for UNEDIC, which administers the benefits says that less than 1,000 unemployed people receive the top amount, out of a total 2.6 million claimants. The current system, negotiated between unions and employers last year, kicks in after four months’ employment. Workers aged under 50 can claim unemployment benefit for two years, while those aged over 50 can claim for three years. On average, benefits are about 65% of employees’ salary… Compensation for sick leave in Norway is often described as the most generous in the world: employees receive 100% of salary from day one for up to a year. But sickness absence is high, seen as a symptom of hidden, structural unemployment. Almost 7% of the workforce are on sick leave at any given moment – by far the highest rate of work absence among full-time employees in the industrialised countries, the OECD says…” from “Which are the best countries in the world to live in if you unemployed or disabled,” by Anne Penketh, Kate Connolly, Stefanie Kirchgaessner, Henry McDonald, Justin McCurry, David Crouch, Shaun Walker, David Smith, Mary O’Hara and Anna Bawden, http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/apr/15/which-best-countries-live-unemployed-disabled-benefits, 4/15/2015.

5 – Obama infuriates the Brits as he threatens to send UK ‘to the back of the queue’ if they vote to leave the European Union,” by Francesca Chambers, Euan McClelland and Matt Dathan, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3553788/Obama-flies-Brexit-storm-President-faces-furious-backlash-downright-hypocritical-decision-tell-British-voters-stay-EU.html, 4/22/2016.

Do Lay People Have the Authority to Interpret Scripture Infallibly?

Visiting the Martyn-Lloyd Jones article about the supposed errors of the Catholic faith, we find this one about interpreting Scripture:

“Protestantism teaches the ‘universal priesthood of all believers’ and the right of every man to read the Scripture for himself and to interpret it under the illumination of the Holy Spirit.”

“Rome denies that completely and absolutely. She, and she alone, is able to understand and to interpret the Scripture and to tell us what to believe.”1

This is one of the celebrated differences between the numerous Christian denominations which have sprung up since the early 16th century and the Church which Christ established in the first century.

To  Whom  Did  Jesus  Give  the  Authority  to  Teach?

Jesus was clear about this at the end of the Gospel of Matthew: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”2

The apostles were given the mission to teach and, importantly, “all that I have commanded you.”  He did not order them to write a New Testament.  While the Bible is divinely inspired, He did not say that teaching would have to wait until the Bible was completed and the canon ultimately defined at the Councils of Hippo and Carthage centuries later.3

Can  the  Laity  Interpret  Scripture?

Jesus established who the teachers are to be:  the apostles and their successors.4  Where does that leave the rest of us?

The teaching authority of the Church (“Magisterium”) has strictly defined just seven passages of the Bible.  The Church’s focus is to define doctrine.We, the laity, are encouraged to study Scripture and its myriad of finer points using all available and reliable sources.  The key thing to remember is that if we conclude something which is contrary to the Church’s teaching over the last two millennia, we would be wise to look for our error and not assume we are the final arbiter.  Failing to do this, we run the risk of adding our names to the confusion brought on by the 30,000+ who self-empowered themselves to start new denominations.6

 

1 — “Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Roman Catholicism,” https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/36351627/posts/18413

2 – Matthew 28: 19-20.  The New Catholic Answer Bible, Fireside Catholic Publishing; Wichita, KS, 2005.

3 – “It was not until the Councils of Hippo and Carthage that the Catholic Church defined which books made it into the New Testament and which didn’t. Probably the council fathers studied the (complete) Muratorian Fragment and other documents, including, of course, the books in question themselves, but it was not until these councils that the Church officially settled the issue.”

“The plain fact of the matter is that the canon of the Bible was not settled in the first years of the Church. It was settled only after repeated (and perhaps heated) discussions, and the final listing was determined by Catholic bishops.”  From “Was the Canon of Scripture determined before the Church councils decided it?,” http://www.catholic.com/quickquestions/was-the-canon-of-scripture-determined-before-the-church-councils-that-decided-it

4 – “Our apostles knew through our Lord Jesus Christ that there would be strife for the office of bishop. For this reason, therefore, having received perfect foreknowledge, they appointed those who have already been mentioned and afterwards added the further provision that, if they should die, other approved men should succeed to their ministry.”  — Pope St. Clement of Rome, circa A.D. 80. From “Why is That in Tradition?, by Patrick Madrid, Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division; Huntington, Indiana, 2002.

5 – ▪ The reference to being “born of water and the Spirit” in John 3:5 includes the idea of   baptism.

▪ In telling the apostles, “Do this [the Eucharist] in memory of me” in Luke 22:19 and 1 Corinthians 11:24, Jesus appointed the apostles priests.

▪ In Matthew 18:18 and John 20:22–23, Jesus conferred on the apostles the power to forgive sins; everyone does not share this power.

▪ Romans 5:12 refers to the reality of original sin.

▪ The presbyters referred to in James 5:14 are ordained, not merely elder members of the Christian community.

From “Are Catholics free to interpret Bible verses without the Church’s approval?,” by Peggy Frye, http://www.catholic.com/quickquestions/are-catholics-free-to-interpret-bible-verses-without-the-churchs-approval

6 – The Bible was never intended to be our sole source of guidance.  “Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught, either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours.” (2 Thessalonians 2:15) and “Know this first of all, that there is no prophecy of scripture that is a matter of personal interpretation, for no prophecy ever came through human will; but rather human beings moved by the holy Spirit spoke under the influence of God.” (2 Peter 1:20-21) as found in The New Catholic Answer Bible, Fireside Catholic Publishing; Wichita, KS, 2005.  If everyone outside of apostolic succession claims to be guided by the Holy Spirit, then why is there so much confusion and contradictions in the non-Catholic Christian world?

Clearing Up the Confusion About Praying to the Saints

Misinformation about the teachings of the Catholic Church has been accelerating since 1517.  The words of the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen ring truer with each passing generation:

“There are not more than 100 people in the world who truly hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they perceive to be the Catholic Church.”1

The  Misstatement

Here is an example of a misconception regarding why Catholics pray to the saints for their intercessions.  As it appeared in a recent WordPress blog:

“They believe in perfectionism in this life, and they say that some of these saints have lived a perfect life. The result of this is that they have acquired and built up so much “merit” that they have much more than they need for themselves; so they have a superabundance of merit.”

“The result is that you and I, who may be failing and who are so lacking in merit, can go and pray to the saints and ask them to give to us a certain amount of their superabundance.”2

Saints’  Intercessory  Prayers  Are  Not  Like  Carbon  Tax  Cap/Trade

Outside of the Virgin Mary, no one, not even the saints, lived a “perfect life.”  In fact, some were far from it in their early days.  Just take a look at St. Augustine’s life!3

When we ask the saints to pray for us, we are not asking them to give us from their “excess merit.”  No, we are asking them to pray for us in the same way we pray for one another during times of trial in this life.  The saints are simply closer to God and they no longer have any need to pray for themselves.

Intercessory  Prayer  IS  Biblical

“And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and with golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints…”

Again, those in heaven have no need of prayers for themselves since they have already passed judgment.  They now praise God directly, so they are presenting our prayers.  If this sounds silly, then so it is when we pray for each other on earth.  And that is certainly not the case! (“… and pray for one another, that you may be healed” James 5:16)5

Speaking of intercessions, we remember that the first miracle of Jesus’ public life occurred as a result of an intercession.  At the Wedding Feast of Cana, Jesus’ mother Mary approached him with the request to solve the problem of the wine having run out.  She was interceding for the groom and attendants who were capable of asking Him directly.

The American spirit of individual initiative certainly has its good points.  Carried to an extreme, however, it can cause us to forget that the Church Victorious can assist those of us in the Church Militant on our earthly journey.  This is accomplished by the inspiration their lives can be for us AND their active intercessions on our behalf.

 

 

1 – “Archbishop Sheen Quotes,” www.catholicbible101.com/archbishopsheenquotes.html

2 – “Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Roman Catholicism,” https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/36351627/posts/18413

3 – “St. Augustine of Hippo is the patron of brewers because of his conversion from a former life of loose living, which included parties, entertainment, and worldly ambitions. His complete turnaround and conversion has been an inspiration to many who struggle with a particular vice or habit they long to break…,” http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=418

4 – Rev. 5:8 as found in The Holy Bible, revised standard version Catholic edition, Thomas Nelson & Sons, Toronto/Camden, NJ/London, 1966.

5 – Ibid.

Yes, Jesus Really Does Give Priests HIS Authority to Forgive Sins

 

This is in response to a posting today from a fellow WordPress blogger who does not understand that we are to receive Christ’s forgiveness through a priest.  The basis for the Catholic Church’s teaching stems from the often heard: “Do Catholics believe in the Bible?” “Yes, the entire Bible.”

John 20: 21-22:  “Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’  And when he has said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’”

James 5:16  “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects.”

Jesus continues to forgive sins through the priests who, with the Pope and bishops, exist because of apostolic succession.  Our Savior knew that , while Church leaders would never  be sinless, His Church would not teach error because of the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  He did not scrap apostolic succession because Peter denied Him three times and Judas betrayed him.  He said He would be with us always until His second coming.My prayer is that some day all Christians will avail themselves of the wonderful gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation!

 

1 – “Go therefore make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”  (Matthew 28:19-20)  This and the other verses are taken from The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version, Catholic edition, Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 1966.